As election results are yet to be confirmed for the 2020 presidential election, there is a lot at stake for organized labor and workers in general.
United States Senator Sherrod Brown joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the state of the election, how organized labor will fare under a Biden administration and more.
Sen. Brown explained that this election is unprecedented because it is occurring amid a global pandemic. He said the COVID-19 pandemic is delaying vote counts and can be credited with the massive increase in mail voting.
He added that he is not at all surprised that President Trump is looking to use lawsuits and the courts to further tie up and dispute this election.
What is at stake for labor in this election
Sen. Brown said Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it abundantly clear that he does not have the interest of American workers in his mind, but instead big business. This is how he explained the lack of assistance to middle class workers from the current Senate.
If Biden wins the presidency, Brown said he hopes McConnell will see the writing on the wall and work with Senate Democrats to pass meaningful legislation for workers.
Additionally, workers are being misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees, missing out on wages and benefits. Brown has spoken with the Biden campaign and can confirm that this will be a major first-year issue.
Finally, there is a fight brewing to raise the national minimum wage.
Brown said it was last raised at the beginning of the first term of the Obama administration. Subsequent attempts to raise the minimum wage have been blocked by congressional republicans. Due to this lack of action, Sen. Brown said the national minimum wage should be at or near $15.